Cannes winner Brillante Ma. Mendoza is showing two films in the 1st Inquirer Indie Bravo! festival. Apart from “Ang Kamera” (from the 2013 Venice Future Reloaded), his HIV-awareness short, “Eternal,” will have its world premiere Tuesday in the 7p.m.-9 p.m. slot. Bayani San Diego Jr.
Brillante Ma. Mendoza’s “Sapi” was recently shown at the Brisbane International Film Festival. The film was described as “deeply unsettling and gleefully macabre… edgy provocation in an age of 24-hour news.” Mendoza was cited for his “lethal satirical eye and a spine-tingling sense of atmosphere.” Last year, his “Thy Womb” had sold-out screenings in the same fest.
By Dolly Anne Carvajal
It was such a delight to see filmmaker Brillante Ma. Mendoza whom I fondly call mon ami (my friend) at the premiere night of his latest obra maestra, “Sapi” at SM Megamall last week.
Filipino filmmaker Brillante Ma. Mendoza’s “Thy Womb” is included in Around the World in 14 Films, an event that will screen “jewels of world cinema” in Berlin from Nov. 29 to Dec. 7. Also in the fest are Asghar Farhadi’s “The Past,” Rithy Panh’s “The Missing Picture” and Joel and Ethan Coen’s “Inside Llewyn Davis.”
By Bayani San Diego Jr.
As a post-Halloween treat, Filipino filmmaker Brillante Ma. Mendoza will unveil his latest work, the first genre movie in his acclaimed career, “Sapi,” in local theaters.
Filipino filmmaker Brillante Ma. Mendoza was chosen to be part of the jury of the 9th Eurasia International Film Festival, to be held in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Sept. 16-21.
Two Filipino filmmakers will join a special section to mark the 70th anniversary of the Venice International Film Festival in Italy from Aug. 28 to Sept. 7. Lav Diaz and Brillante Ma. Mendoza are part of the “70 Directors for Venice 70” program. Diaz made an 83-second short, “The Firefly”; Mendoza, a 90-seconder, “Kamera.” Diaz and Mendoza will join the likes of Bernardo Bertolucci, Atom Egoyan, Claire Denis, Abbas Kiarostami and other directors, who are considered among those who made the history of the fest. Diaz and Mendoza were both honorees in the first Inquirer Indie Bravo Tribute. Bayani San Diego Jr.
By Marinel R. Cruz
“I hope this award will get more people curious about the movie. This way, we don’t get pulled out of the cinemas,” said Brillante Ma Mendoza, winner of the best director honor for “Thy Womb,” an entry to the ongoing 2012 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF).
By Bayani San Diego Jr.
After nearly three decades, a Filipino film, Brillante Ma. Mendoza’s “Captive,” will compete in the main section of the Berlin International Film Festival, which will be held in the German capital from Feb. 9 to 19, 2012.